This is, perhaps, our favorite weekend of the entire year.
Sunday is given over entirely to tequila and tacos for Cinco de Mayo, and tomorrow is a full day of mint juleps for just two minutes of required attention. Here's where to get your Kentucky Derby on:
Williamsburg's one-stop oyster shop is hosting an all-day shindig with Four Roses mint juleps and bourbon-cured ham sandwiches (all à la carte), plus a Derby Day Fashion Challenge you can enter here. Oh, and since this is Williamsburg, they'll be broadcasting the Derby through an old-fashioned radio, with live musical accompaniment.
Sat noon. 298 Bedford Ave. (Grand St.), Williamsburg
The Vault at Pfaff's
Pfaff's is doing an all-day Derby menu with hot brown wraps (not at all as gross as it sounds), bourbon-glazed pork belly, and tooth-shatteringly sweet chess pie, plus "1850s-style" juleps. A best hat contest and prizes to anyone who picks the winning horses round out the festivities.
Sat 4p. 643 Broadway (Bleecker St.), East Village
The city's annual massive Derby event returns to 1 Penn, spread over four bars, a roof deck, and a giant beer garden, giving you about 10,000 square feet of space to watch the Derby and get respectably crunk. (Especially if you go for the Bottomless Julep option, which is, thankfully, exactly what it sounds like.)
Sat noon. 1 Penn Plaza (33rd St and 8th Ave.), Midtown. Open to the public, VIP tickets $75-1,000 here.
The deeply southern Maysville goes traditional for the Derby, with a BBQ street feast cooked on a custom rig from Alabama including ribs, pulled pork, and pork hot dogs to snack on during the race, which will be shown inside. Extras include pimento cheese, hay-roasted oysters, and deviled eggs. There's no dress code at this one, but crazy hats are still encouraged.
Sat 11a. 17 W. 26th St. (Broadway), Flatiron